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Authors: A: A. Baron. 1
Authors: A: Albert Czerwinski. Mit 34 in den text gedruckten abbildungen und 9 alten tanzmelodien. 1
Authors: A: Albert W. Newman ... an expert's full directions, with illustrations and diagrams, for learning or teaching the tango, hesitation, one-step, Boston, maxixe and all other modern dances. 1
Authors: A: Alexander Strathy ... 1
Authors: A: Alfonso Josephs Sheafe ... 1
Authors: A: Allen Dodworth. 1
Authors: A: Arabella E. Moore. 1
Authors: A: Ardern Holt. 1
Authors: A: a gentleman 1
Authors: B: B. M. Palmer ... 1
Authors: B: Barclay Dun ... 1
Authors: B: Beryl and associates ... 1
Authors: B: Blasis ... 1
Authors: B: Bogatzky. 1
Authors: C: C. H. Cleveland, jr. 1
Authors: C: C. H. Rivers. 1
Authors: C: C. J. v. Feldtenstein. 1
Authors: C: Caroline Walker 1
Authors: C: Cellarius. 1
Authors: C: Charles Durang ... 1
Authors: C: Charles J. Coll and Gabrielle Rosiere. 1
Authors: C: Charles J. Frank ... 1
Authors: C: Claudine Lemaire, Claude Thiry, Victor Gavenda. 1
Authors: D: Desrat. Illustré 1
Authors: D: Dr. R. A. Adams. 1
Authors: E: E. B. Reilley ... 1
Authors: E: E. H. Kopp. Containing ... full directions for calling and dancing ... 1
Authors: E: Edmond Bourgeois. 1
Authors: E: Edward Ferrero. 1
Authors: E: Elias Howe ... 1
Authors: E: Elisabeth Marbury. 1
Authors: E: Ella Gardner ... 1
Authors: E: Emily Thornwell ... 1
Authors: E: Eug. Giraudet ... suivi d'un appendice contenant environ 30 danses diverses pour piano. 1
Authors: E: essi. Opera nuouamente mandata in luce ... 1
Authors: F: F. C. Nott ... 1
Authors: F: F. Fertiault ... 1
Authors: F: F. Leslie Clendenen ... 1
Authors: F: F. Paul ... 1
Authors: F: Francia. Con figure ... in rame et regole della musica et intauolatura quali si richieggono al suono et al canto. Divisa in tre trattati ... 1
Authors: F: Francis Mason. 1
Authors: F: Francis Peacock ... 1
Authors: G: G. Hepburn Wilson ... 1
Authors: G: G. J. Pfefferkorn ... 1
Authors: G: Gawlikowski ... 1
Authors: G: Gennaro Magri ... 1
Authors: G: George Grossmith 1
Authors: G: Giambatista Dufort, indirizzato all' eccellenza delle signore dame, e de' signori cavalieri napoletani. 1
Authors: G: Giovanni Andrea Gallini. 1
Authors: H: H. Meyen ... 1
Authors: H: Henry Gass ... 1
Authors: H: Henry Tucker. 1
Authors: H: Herman A. Strassburg, jr. ... 1
Authors: I: Iohn Essex, dancing master. 1
Authors: I: ieri e balli d'oggi. 1
Authors: J: J. A. French. 1
Authors: J: J. Berryman. 1
Authors: J: J. Essex ... 1
Authors: J: J. H. Harvey. 1
Authors: J: J. R. Bosshardt-Strü 1
Authors: J: J. Townley Crane. 1
Authors: J: Jacob Ide. 1
Authors: J: James P. Cassidy ... 1
Authors: J: Jas. H. Brookes. 1
Authors: J: Jean Boiseul. 1
Authors: J: Joel H. Watkins. 1
Authors: J: John Phillips ... 1
Authors: J: John Weaver, dancing-master. 1
Authors: J: Judson Sause ... 1
Authors: K: Kellom Tomlinson, dancing-master ... 1
Authors: L: L. De G. Brookes. 1
Authors: L: L. F. Segadlo ... 1
Authors: L: Lavieille. 1
Authors: L: Louis Julien Clarchies. 1
Authors: L: Lucien O. Carpenter. 1
Authors: L: le professeur B.-G. Bottallo ... 1
Authors: L: le secour de ce livre, on peut se remettre facilement dans toutes les danses que l'on à 1
Authors: L: le sieur Rameau ... 1
Authors: L: le sr. de La Cuisse ... 1
Authors: L: le vte de B. Saint-Laurent ... 1
Authors: M: M. B. Gilbert ... 1
Authors: M: M. Bacquoy-Gué 1
Authors: M: M. J. C. Fraisier. 1
Authors: M: M. Malpied ... 1
Authors: M: M.r Feuillet ... 1
Authors: M: M[onsieu]r Landrin, m[ai]tre de danse é 1
Authors: M: Maurice [pseud.] ... illustrated with photographs and diagrams. All steps described so plainly anyone can readily learn them. 1
Authors: M: Miss Swepstone and Mr. Bernard Tweedale. 1
Authors: M: Mme É 1
Authors: M: Moreau de Saint-Mé 1
Authors: M: Mr Isaac, in one vollume. 1
Authors: M: Mr. Feü 1
Authors: M: Mr. Paisible ... 1
Authors: M: Mr. Pecour ... 1
Authors: M: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle, Joseph C. Smith ... and many other famous dancers. 1
Authors: M: Mr. de la Garde ... 1
Authors: M: Mr. de la Garde, dancing master ... 1
Authors: M: Mrs Feuillet et Dezais ... 1
Authors: M: Mrs. Alfred Webster ... 1
Authors: M: Mrs. Clendenen. Intended for amateurs as well as for professional teachers ... 1
Authors: M: Mrs. H.A. Foreman. 1
Authors: M: Mrs. John Sherwood ... 1
Authors: M: m. Feü 1
Authors: M: m. de Cahusac ... 1
Authors: M: mr. Feuillet ... 1
Authors: N: N. L. Rice. 1
Authors: N: numerous reproductions of engravings, prints and photographs. 1
Authors: P: P.-E. Alerme. 1
Authors: P: Pastor J. M. Hubbert ... 1
Authors: P: Prof. Grant ... [Book no. 2] 1
Authors: P: Prof. H. N. Grant ... 1
Authors: P: Prof. H. N. Grant. ... 1
Authors: P: Prof. H.N. Grant ... 1
Authors: P: Prof. L. H. Elmwell ... 1
Authors: P: Prof. W. W. Florence. 1
Authors: P: Professor Bonstein [pseud.] 1
Authors: P: p. Vigilius H. Krull, C. PP. S. 1
Authors: R: R. Barton] 1
Authors: R: R. Powell ... 1
Authors: R: Raymond Duncan 1
Authors: R: Reginald St. Johnston ... 1
Authors: R: Rev. J. H. Stribling, D.D. ... 1
Authors: R: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Don Luigi Sartori. 1
Authors: R: Rudolph Radestock ... 1
Authors: S: Stewart, Halpin, Hicks and Read ... 1
Authors: S: several eminent professors of dancing. 1
Authors: T: T. Erp. Sichore [pseud.] 1
Authors: T: Theodore Wü 1
Authors: T: Thoinot Arbeau demeurant à 1
Authors: T: Troy and Margaret West Kinney. 1
Authors: T: the Common Council. Daniel J. Sweeney, city clerk ... 1
Authors: T: the Rev. George C. Heckmann[!] ... 1
Authors: T: the author. 1
Authors: T: two amateur leaders. 1
Authors: V: V. G. 1
Authors: V: V. Persis Dewey. 1
Authors: V: vaghe & bellissime figure in rame ... 1
Authors: W: W. C. Wilkinson. 1
Authors: W: W. H. Kingsbury. 1
Authors: W: W. W. Gardner, D.D. ... 1
Authors: W: Will N. Noonan. 1
Authors: W: William E. Greene ... 1
Authors: Y: youth of both sexes ... 1
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New York, Derby & Jackson; Cincinnati, H. W. Derby & co., 1857.
Topics: Authors: E: Emily Thornwell ..., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
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Originally published in 1895, Mrs Grove's account of dance history was considered one of the most important books on dance during the late nineteenth century. Although based on previously published materials, the book maintained popularity for several decades. Using a formula employed by many writers, Mrs. Grove writes about the dances of antiquity, ritual dances, and the dances of "savages." The remainder of the book is devoted to the dance of many lands and cultures indcluding...
Topics: Authors: N: numerous reproductions of engravings, prints and photographs., Titles: D
This is one of several books written by Italian dancer, choreographer, and writer Blasis (1795-1878). It covers the history and theory of dance, pantomime, the composition of ballets, and contains a section devoted to social dances entitled "private dancing." Although much of the discussion on technique is identical to Blasis'S earlier treatise, Traité élémentaire théorique et pratique de l'art de la danse (1820), the manual is a comprehensive survey of ballet during the early...
Topics: Authors: R: R. Barton], Titles: [
This manual is an extensive history of dance that incorporates many countries, cultures, and periods including Chinese, Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, ancient Gaul, European Renaissance, and Baroque. The manual also covers popular culture, peasant dance, and "foreign dance." The perspective of this manual is clearly nineteenth century, with little emphasis on historical fact. The point of view is clearly western, and this is evident in the music examples that accompany almost every country...
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As was common practice during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, much of this text was borrowed from other writers. The author begins with a general history of dance and proceeds with an explanation of terms found in dance such as les grands battements and ronds de jambes. The manual contains directions for many Renaissance and Baroque dances including La Pavane, and, although the author quotes from Thoinot Arbeau's Orchesographie of 1588, the directions for performance are strictly...
Topics: Authors: E: Edmond Bourgeois., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
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This manual is designed as a self-teacher for those who cannot or, according to the author, are unwilling to attend dance classes. Additionally, Cree declares the most popular dances to be the Lame Duck Valse, valse, one step, foxtrot, and lancers. Although he includes instructions for a Three Step or Straight Jazz, and a Tango Valse, the manual does not reflect dances that were being performed during the late teens.
Topics: Authors: G: George Grossmith, illustrated with diagrams., Titles: H
Dance Manuals
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This pamphlet discusses the legislative regulation of public dance halls in twenty-eight states. Some of the regulations undertaken by the states include restrictions on attendance, hours of operation, supervision, and regulation of the physical and social conditions of the hall. The author also discusses some of the regulations and ordinances of 100 cities including one from Lincoln, Nebraska that required patrons to keep their bodies at least six inches apart.
Topics: Authors: E: Ella Gardner ..., Titles: P
Dance Manuals
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Holt begins his discussion with a history of "chorography" and the work of famed eighteenth-century dancing masters and choreographers Guillaume-Louis Pecour, Pierre Beauchamps, and Raoul-Auger Feuillet. Several pages of dances written in the dance notation system devised by Feuillet are included. Holt's "reconstruction" of the pavan includes the appropriate music from Thoinot Arbeau's 1588 manual, Orchesographie. For decades, the inclusion of the notation and music was...
Topics: Authors: A: Ardern Holt., Titles: H
This is a translation of one of the most important sources for the study and reconstruction of eighteenth-century dance--Pierre Rameau's 1725 Le maître a danser. Translated by English dancer and writer John Essex (c. 1680-1744), part one of the text and accompanying full-page plates carefully focus on the appropriate manner of walking, feet positions, and bows, and describe a large vocabulary of steps. Part two covers use of the arms while dancing. This English translation was reissued in 1732.
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Topics: Authors: J: J. Essex ..., Titles: T
Desrat begins his work with a description of dances that were still in vogue at the turn of the century: Boston waltz, cake walk, Berlin, pas de patineurs, and Washington-Post (a two step). A history of ancient dance follows and the discussion begins with Greek and Roman origins; this is followed by a discussion of "modern dances," which Desrat describes as pavane, gavotte, branle, and the minuet. Much of Desrat's historical text is borrowed heavily from previously published sources...
Topics: Authors: D: Desrat. Illustr&eacute, de nombreuses gravures., Titles: T
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In a rapidly growing consumer market for etiquette manuals during the nineteenth century, this is an example of a manual that attempts to reinforce the authority of its contents by suggesting legal foundations in its title as well as the qualifications of its author, in this case "A Gentleman." The straightforward chapters include "Good Breeding," "Dress," "Balls," and "Funerals." Reissued throughout the 1840s, much of the manual is a...
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Topics: Authors: A: a gentleman, Titles: T
Paris [1885?]-1900.
Topics: Authors: E: Eug&egrave, ne Giraudet ..., Titles: L
This is the seventeenth edition of a popular French manual that was revised into a larger edition in the mid-1880s entitled La danse, la tenue, le maintein... The manual gives a short history of dance, appropriate etiquette, and describes many of the popular ballroom dances such as the waltz, quadrille, and polka. However, the Giraudet includes many curious dances, schottisch polkée sautée, ganlovienne, and a tarentelle for twelve performers, as well as several dances from previous centuries...
Topics: Authors: E: Eug. Giraudet ... suivi d'un appendice contenant environ 30 danses diverses pour...
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by G. Hepburn Wilson ...
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This short manual consists of a series of photographs and accompanying text that show the correct positions for dance, for example the placement of the lady's left hand upon the gentleman's right shoulder in waltzing. Several of the photographs also show the incorrect way of holding one's partner.
Topics: Authors: G: G. Hepburn Wilson ..., Titles: A
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At first glance, Hubbert appears to be presenting both pro and con agruments regarding the suitability of dancing. However, the discussion is weighted toward the common discourse found in this genre of antidance literature. Hubbert argues that although dance was practiced in biblical times, it was performed by and for women. Additionally, he concludes that dance is bad for the health and a waste of time and money.
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Topics: Authors: P: Pastor J. M. Hubbert ..., Titles: D
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The author of this work claims to be pastor of the Reformed Churches of Marbletown and North Marbletown as well as a lawyer. In this manual, Davis takes a novel approach in preaching his antidance position, which he calls "The Trial of Social Dance ... The only King and Potentate, Jesus Christ vs. Social Dance." The jury for this "trial" is composed of "The Public Conscience." "Witnesses" include Mr. Worldly Fun, Mr. Roman Catholic Bishop, Mr. Round...
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Topics: Authors: :, Titles: A
Essentially a history of Greek, Roman, and early religious dance, and French court dance, the text is drawn from numerous writers, including Mme. Elise Voiart, Joseph Juste Scaliger, Claude François Ménestrier, Louis de Cahusac, Diderot, and Jean-Georges Noverre. The first part of this book comprises seven letters written by Baron during 1821 and 1822. The second part takes the form of conversations with Sophie and, occasionally, two more participants named Heraclite and Démocrite.
Topics: Authors: A: A. Baron., Titles: L
Like other nineteenth-century dance manuals, this is a compilation of earlier writings. The book provides a short history of dance, positions of the feet, glossary of French terms, and suggestions for giving balls including an admonishment to have enough waiters at the supper table. Indicating the decade's growing interest in elaborate balls, Radestock suggests one waiter for each two persons. The section on etiquette has been reduced to thirty-three short rules and the manual describes most of...
Topics: Authors: R: Rudolph Radestock ..., Titles: T
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by Reginald St. Johnston ...
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Saint Johnston claims to be filling a gap in the tracing of dance history and confesses he knows of only three books on the subject, those by Gaston Vuillier, Edward Scott, and John Weaver. The work contains much of the sme information found in numerous other historiographies of the era. The author considers the birth of stage dancing to be the Kate Vaughan's "Skirt Dance" and other opinions expressed by Saint Johnston include the erroneous notion that the quadrille was one of the...
Topics: Authors: R: Reginald St. Johnston ..., Titles: A
Dance Manuals
by Kellom Tomlinson, dancing-master ...
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The title page indicates the book was completed in 1724. However, the cost of the thirty-five full-page plates precluded publication until 1735. In this treatise of two parts, Tomlinson (c. 1690-1753?) sets forth the principles of Baroque dance. Book one covers description of twenty nine steps; book two discusses the minuet, including four methods of performing the minuet step.
Topics: Authors: K: Kellom Tomlinson, dancing-master ..., Titles: T
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Originally published in 1847, the manual provides important information on mid-nineteenth-century ballroom dance. Following a format utilized by many manuals, the work begins with introductory comments on dance, followed by a description of the French quadrille. This is folllowed by discussion of round dances--the polka, numerous waltzes including waltze à trois temps and waltze à deux temps--as well as steps and figures for another type of quadrille known as the mazurka quadrille. The manual...
Topics: Authors: L: Lavieille., Titles: L
Although much of the material in this manual is borrowed from the dance writings of Charles Durang, it remains an important source for the study of mid-nineteenth-century ballroom dance. Unlike other contemporary writers, Ferrero devotes more than eighty pages to the origins of dance and a history of European and Native American dance. The remaining part of the manual concerns ballroom etiquette and descriptions of numerous dances including the quadrille, waltz, polka, schottisch, varsovienne,...
Topics: Authors: E: Edward Ferrero., Titles: T
Paris [1885?]-1900.
Topics: Authors: E: Eug&egrave, ne Giraudet ..., Titles: L
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by W. C. Wilkinson.
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Unlike many other nineteenth-century antidance writers who base their arguments on Scripture, Wilkinson asks that his readers formulate their opinions on reason, conscience, and common sense. In fact, Wilkinson argues that he is not an enemy of dance and declares it to be perfectly innocent. His argument is against the "modern manner of dancing" that requires expensive clothing and the "massing together of a jostling crowd of mute or merely gibbering animals." Thus, he...
Topics: Authors: W: W. C. Wilkinson., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
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New York : World Syndicate Co., c1914.
Topics: Authors: E: Elisabeth Marbury., Titles: M
Designed for people, who never learned to dance either because of bashfulness or lack of time or money, this manual covers the bare necessities of dress, introductions, and general etiquette. Descriptions are also provided for quadrilles, schottisch, polka, redowa, waltz, several country dances. The manual concludes with rules for the supper room and advice to waltzers.
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Originally published in 1808 and expanded in 1811 under the title An analysis of country dancing, this edition borrows extensively from earlier editions. As with earlier editions, the figures for English country dances are explained through text, tables, and diagrams. Performed as a series of figures danced by a column of men facing a column of women, the English country dance was one of the most popular early nineteenth-century ballroom dances. This edition contains an extensive discussion on...
Topics: Authors: T: Thomas Wilson ..., Titles: T
This manual contains instructions for twelve steps that, according to the author, can be learned by practicing two hours a day. Libretti and music are provided for four musical comedy sketches that require clog dancing.
Topics: Authors: H: Henry Tucker., Titles: C
Although attributed to Italian dancer, choreographer, and writer Carlo Blasis, this manual contains an abridgement of Blasis's writing on the subject of social dance as published in The Code of Terpsichore (1830). The manual's discussion of specific dances is augmented by M. Lemaitre and includes quadrilles, the waltz, polka, schottisch, polka-mazurka, redowa and cotillon.
Topics: Authors: B: Blasis ..., Titles: N
Dance Manuals
by Albert W. Newman ... an expert's full directions, with illustrations and diagrams, for learning or teaching the tango, hesitation, one-step, Boston, maxixe and all other modern dances.
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Declaring his book to be the "absolute authorith on modern dancing," Newman describes a large selection of the most popular ragtime dances including the Castle Walk, Castle Glide, one step, horse trot, tango, maxixe, and lame duck. The manual is enhanced with line drawings and photographs and contains music for the "Newman Tango.
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by Mme Élise Voiart.
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All of Mme. Voiart's manual is devoted to the history of dance. Quoting heavily from many previously published materials, including a number of travelogues, this book discusses the origins of dance and devotes a chapter each to Greek and Roman dance. The second part of the book discusses transition to what the author terms "modern dance," in this case the court dances of France. In examining the dances of the French Baroque court, Mme. Voiart (1786-1866) refers to a great variety of...
Topics: Authors: M: Mme &Eacute, lise Voiart., Titles: E
An excellent manual for description of mid nineteenth-century social dances, Gawlikowski also discusses steps and figures for the mazurka, a dance performed in the manner of a quadrille in Europe's ballrooms. Description is also given for other popular ballroom dances including the waltz, polka, schottisch, polka-mazurka, and redowa. Gawlikowski provides 38 figures for a contillon-valse, (known elsewhere as the cotillon or German), and a popular group dance performed as a series of party games...
Topics: Authors: G: Gawlikowski ..., Titles: G
This manual is an excellent source for ragtime era dances including the one step, tango, Brazilian maxixe, and hesitation waltz. The book is richly illustrated with more than twenty photos of many famous exhibition ballroom couples such as Irene and Vernon Castle; and Maurice and Florence Walden.
Topics: Authors: M: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle, Joseph C. Smith ... and many other famous dancers., Titles:...
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by Mrs. John Sherwood ...
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Etiquette manuals are an important sources of information on ballrooms and social dance during the nineteenth-century. Sherwood's book is an exceptional source for etiquette as it was practiced in the late 1880s. Additionally, of the book's fifty-nine chapters, two are devoted to dancing and balls.
Topics: Authors: M: Mrs. John Sherwood ..., Titles: M
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Like many other nineteenth-century dance manuals, much of the material in The ball-room guide is not original but borrowed from other sources. The manual opens with discussion on the arrangements for balls, appropriate dress for ladies and gentlemen, and thirteen pages of etiquette. Various dances are described including quadrilles, the waltz, varsoviana, polka and three group dances, "The Spanish Dance," "Tempête," and "Sir Roger de Coverly." The manual concludes...
Topics: Authors: :, Titles: T
Dance Manuals
by Caroline Walker; complete instructions for the tango, the Castle walk, the walking Boston, the hesitation waltz, the dream waltz.
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In her introduction, Walker strongly defends the new dance trends of the ragtime era and provides instructions for the tango, Castle Walk, Walking Boston, Hesitation Waltz, and Dream Waltz. A series of photographs and diagrams is included.
Topics: Authors: C: Caroline Walker, Titles: T, Instructions
Dance Manuals
by Dr. R. A. Adams.
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This antidance treatise is divided into four parts. The first part discusses the physical effects of the dance and the author concludes that habitual dancers are sick more often and women are more prone to "female weaknesses." The second section focuses on the dangers of dance on the mind and concludes that many girls fail in school because they dance too much. In the Third section, the author argues that dance is immoral and "fires the passions of young women." The...
Topics: Authors: D: Dr. R. A. Adams., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
by Raymond Duncan; conférence faite le 4 mai 1914, à l'Université hellénique, Salle de géographie ...
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Originally an address, given by the brother of famed dancer, Isadora Duncan, at a conference in May 1914 at the Université Hellenique, Duncan discusses the renaissance and importance of gymnastics and the systems of physical culture based on Greek models.
Topics: Authors: R: Raymond Duncan, conf&eacute, rence faite le 4 mai 1914, &agrave,...
New York dancing master Hillgrove acknowledges that he has "availed himself of all the books from which he might elicit any valuable information." Indeed, very little of the manual is original. Divided into six parts, Hillgrove discusses the benefits of dance, dress, deportment and etiquette in the ballroom and the supper room. The second part focuses on bows and courtesies, positions of the feet, and provides exercises for the feet and legs. The third and fourth parts discuss the...
Topics: Authors: T: Thomas Hillgrove ..., Titles: A
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One of the most important manuals devoted to the performance of early nineteenth-century quadrilles, Strathy divides this manual into two parts. Part one is an extensive treatment of exercises for the improvement of one's deportment. Part two provides lucid descriptions for more than twenty steps appropriate for the performance of the quadrille, a popular ballroom dance performed by four couples who face each other in a square. Additionally, Strathy provides combinations of steps for the most...
Topics: Authors: A: Alexander Strathy ..., Titles: E
This pamphlet on the tango, claimed by its author to have been "shorn of crudities which caused it to be criticized," describes a variety of steps and step combinations.
Topics: Authors: M: Miss Swepstone and Mr. Bernard Tweedale., Titles: T
Originally published c. 1818, this second edition of 1822 contains an opening three-color-fold-out and nine plates. In this treatise, Wilson analyzes the figures and components of the quadrille--a figured ballroom dance for four couples facing each other, popular throughout the nineteenth century. Divided into two parts, the manual provides suggestions for music and steps, concluding with an alphabetical list of technical terms used in quadrilles. The manual was reissued in 1839.
Topics: Authors: T: Thomas Wilson ..., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
by Mrs. Clendenen. Intended for amateurs as well as for professional teachers ...
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This manual is a good example of the emphasis placed on physical fitness during the early twentieth century and, dancing master Clendenen notes "we have just won the greatest war known in history ... by efficiency, and physical excellence." The manual encourages teachers to instruct children "correct dancing and health movements." Clendenen describes a wide panorama of movement including pantomime and dramatic posture dances, Greek dancing, Hawaiian arm and Italian body...
Topics: Authors: M: Mrs. Clendenen. Intended for amateurs as well as for professional teachers ..., Titles:...
This manual begins with a discussion on the importance of dance for youth and outlines the origins of dance. Although much of the historical and theoretical text is borrowed from other dance writers--notably Giovanni-Andrea Gallini and John Weaver--the manual is important for its description of the Scotch reel and accompanying ten reel steps. Some of the steps include kemshóole (forward step), minor and double kemkóssy (setting steps), lematrást (cross springs), and curatag (turning step).
Topics: Authors: F: Francis Peacock ..., Titles: S
Dance Manuals
by le professeur B.-G. Bottallo ...
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Paris [Imp. Jouve & cie] 1912.
Topics: Authors: L: le professeur B.-G. Bottallo ..., Titles: G
Dance Manuals
by T. A. Faulkner ...
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This is the second antidance treatise published by ex-dancing master Faulkner, which he suggests was needed "because the dance craze has developed with such incredible rapidity." This book consists of large sections taken from his earlier book, From the ballroom to hell. Much of Faulkner's diatribe consists of testimonials against women, whom he feels need to be protected from dancing, "one of the most irresistible and dangerous attractions.
Topics: Authors: T: T. A. Faulkner ..., Titles: T
This is the second published edition of a sermon Ham delivered as part of an evangelistic campaign in Palestine, Texas in 1914 and his arguments are typical of this genre of antidance literature. Although Ham and other writers recognize dance in the Bible, it was interpreted as only danced by women, never in closed rooms, and never at night. Also typical of this type of manual, the author includes a list of other denunciations from Catholic, Jewish, Episcopal church leaders. And, in an unusual...
Topics: Authors: W: Will N. Noonan., Titles: T
This manual opens with a brief history of dance and continues with descriptions of feet positions, and figures for quadrilles and "La Polonaise" (also known as the grand march). Round dances such as schottisch, waltz, and polka are also included. The manual is enhanced by fourteen full-page illustrations.
Topics: Authors: J: J. R. Bosshardt-Str&uuml, bi ..., Titles: L
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This late nineteenth-century manual is devoted to description of the popular parlor game, the German (also known as the cotillon). Every page of the manual has an advertisement for Au Paradis des Enfants in Paris, a shop that sold party accessories for the cotillon, including tambourines for the leader, ball cards, hair ornaments, decorations, roulette wheels, and paper lanterns.
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This is one of several manuals credited to the well-known American inventor, Elias Howe. Like many nineteenth-century dance manuals, it is a compilation of other sources and assembled by a publisher. The book begins with a brief etiqutte of the ballroom and continues with information on th supper room and how to arrange balls. The work also discusses many popular group dances including the quadrille, country dance, and German or parlor cotillon as well as round dances--polka, schottisch,...
Topics: Authors: E: Elias Howe ..., Titles: A
Dance Manuals
by T. A. Faulkner ...
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This antidance treatise, written by an ex-dancing master, is devoted to condemning the waltz. Some of the chapter titles include "From the Ball-Room to the Grave," "Abandoned Women the Best Dancers," and "The Approval of Society is no Proof Against the Degradation.
Topics: Authors: T: T. A. Faulkner ..., Titles: F
Dance Manuals
by W. W. Gardner, D.D. ...
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This antidance tract was originally a sermon presented by the author in Maysville, Kentucky in 1849 and repeated in 1866. It was published as a circular in 1874 and revised in 1887. The arguments are typical of this genre of literature. The author concludes that, based on his interpretation of the Scriptures, dance is dangerous to health, piety, and usefulness.
Topics: Authors: W: W. W. Gardner, D.D. ..., Titles: M
Dance Manuals
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Large portions of this manual on the history of dance are borrowed from other sources including Mme Élise Voiart's Essai sur la danse. The author begins with an examination of Greek and Roman dance and continues through the court dances of Louis XII and Catherine de Médicis. The discussion on French theatrical dance includes mention of two well-known ballerinas, Fanny Elssler and Fanny Cerrito. A wide range of Renaissance and Baroque dances is discussed including the gavotte, pavane,...
Topics: Authors: F: F. Fertiault ..., Titles: H
One of several treatises devoted to English country dancing by Thomas Wilson, dancing master to the King's Theatre, this manual consists of an alphabetical listing of country dances and their figures. Lamenting the present state of country dancing, the author fears "it [will] be perverted into a chaos of riot and confusion" (p.iii). Wilson's other manuals on the subject contain detailed text, tables, and diagrams to explain the figures. Their titles include An analysis of country...
Topics: Authors: T: T. Wilson ..., Titles: T
The publisher of this tiny manual (called a "vest pocket edition") notes that of the many books available to the dancing public, few contain "the good old contra dances of our ancestors." To remedy the situation, the manual gives figures for fifty-six English country dances, group dances consisting of figures performed by a column of men facing a column of women.
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Dance Manuals
by Maurice [pseud.] ... illustrated with photographs and diagrams. All steps described so plainly anyone can readily learn them.
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This manual is a series of articles written by Maurice, who, along with his partner Florence Walden, was one of the most famous exhibition ballroom dancers of the era. Included are descriptions for the tango, Brazilian maxixe, Maurice walk, nineteen figures for "Nights of Gladness" Waltz, and twelve figures for "La Habanera.
Topics: Authors: M: Maurice [pseud.] ... illustrated with photographs and diagrams. All steps described so...
This manual was originally published in 1864 with subsequent editions in 1865, 1866, and 1868 when the author noted that many of the dances were no longer fashionable. Typical of other late nineteenth-century manuals, much of the text is borrowed from other writers. The manual provides a brief section on etiquette and describes the popular ballroom dances of the era--quadrille, polka, redowa, polka mazurka, schottisch, galop, and rules and figures for 102 cotillon figures. Reflecting a growing...
Topics: Authors: T: Theodore W&uuml, st, New York., Titles: T
This book begins with a brief history of jig dancing and provides a chronology of jig and clog dancers from famed African-American dance Master Juba to Johnny Diamond and Dick Pelham. The manual also describes twenty steps including "heel and toe step," "shuffle,""clog break," and "plantation breakdown.
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Dance Manuals
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This three-volume work on dance history describes dance from its origins through the court fêtes of Louis XIV. Volume one stresses the importance of studying the theories of all the arts and covers the dance history of numerous ancient civilizations including Greek, Roman, Turkish, and Egyptian. Volume two describes the renaissance of the arts and the origins of ballet to 1610. Volume three focuses on dance in the court of Henri IV and the establishment of French opera. Cahusac borrows heavily...
Topics: Authors: M: m. de Cahusac ..., Titles: L
Dance Manuals
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Assembled by Professor Bonstein (pseudonym for Charles A. White) from the writings of others, this manual begins with advice to parents regarding children. "Send them to dancing school and save many a doctor's bill." The etiquette section in this manual is reduced to a section simply called "hints." The author provides advice to prompters and rules for calling quadrilles. Of the many popular ballroom dances performed in the ballroom, only the quadrille, German (also known as...
Topics: Authors: P: Professor Bonstein [pseud.], Titles: D
Dance Manuals
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This manual provides step-by-step instructions, augmented by numerous illustrations, for giving masquerades, conducting tableaux, and creating "fancy drills." Costumes, hair styles, and accessories are included for Calico and Martha Washington balls, Joan of Arc, a football player, Beau Brummel, and a shepherdess. Additionally, the manual provides suggestions for tableaux scenes and living pictures ("pose plastique").
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This manual is typical of books that were assembled by publishers to be dissminated to a broad mass market. It is a compilation of many treatises covering etiquette, dress and demeanor, and describes the popular ballroom dances of the era--quadrille, waltz, schottisch, and polka.
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Dance Manuals
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Translated from French by Arabella E. Moore, this is an example of the growing body of historiographical texts that began to appear in the late 1890s into the turn of the twentieth century. The work borrows heavily from previously published materials for sections on primitive and ancient dances. As with other authors of this era, "modern dances" are considered to be pavane, gavot, rigodon, and minuet. In keeping with a renewed interest in the reconstruction of Renaissance and Baroque...
Topics: Authors: A: Arabella E. Moore., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
by M. B. Gilbert ...
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Gilbert, a well-known dancing master, notes that his book will deal only with round dnaces and for other dances or rules of etiquette, the reader should turn elsewhere. After a brief discusion of the positions of the feet, the author discusses, in some length, the waltz position. The manual gives the directions for a large number of waltz, polka, galop, redowa, and mazurka variations--many of which are not described in other contemporary dance literature.
Topics: Authors: M: M. B. Gilbert ..., Titles: R
This is a typical example of a manual compiled from previously published materials and assembled by a publisher. The manual contains hints for balls and information on the performance of quadrilles and round dances. The popular parlor game known as the German or cotillon is given 55 figures.
Topics: Authors: J: J. H. Harvey., Titles: W
Dance Manuals
by Giambatista Dufort, indirizzato all' eccellenza delle signore dame, e de' signori cavalieri napoletani.
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Part one of this text consists of thirty-four chapters devoted to instructions for steps required in Italian Baroque dance including pirola (pirouette), sfuggito (echappé), passo unite (assemblé), and cadente (tombé). Each step is fully described and notated in Feuillet notation, the dance notation system first published by French choreographer Raoul-Auger Feuillet in 1700. The second part of the manual contains six chapters devoted to performance of the minuetto (minuet) and concludes with...
Topics: Authors: G: Giambatista Dufort, indirizzato all' eccellenza delle signore dame, e de' signori...
Dance Manuals
by Prof. Grant ... [Book no. 2]
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This short pamphlet is devoted to the Highland Fling, described as a popular fancy dance, especially appropriate for children. The author gives four exercises and descriptions for eleven steps, many with multiple parts.
Topics: Authors: P: Prof. Grant ... [Book no. 2], Titles: T
Dance Manuals
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To demonstrate the authority of this manual, the publisher claims the author to be American inventor, Elias Howe. Similar to many other dance manuals published throughout the nineteenth century, this book is a publisher's compilation of other sources. The book begins with a description of ballroom etiquette, dress, appropriate music, and rules for prompters. The manual continues of the era's most popular dances including quadrilles, waltz, polka, schottisch, gorlitza, polka mazurka, country...
Topics: Authors: S: several eminent professors of dancing., Titles: C
This manual is considered one of the most important discussions regarding the style and steps of early Romantic ballet. A dancer and dancing master, Théleur (née Taylor; fl. c. 1817-c.1844), wrote his manual in the form of a series of thirteen letters that includes a brief history of dance as well as a section devoted to social dance. The book is enhanced by full-page prints, including illustrations of dancers on full pointe. Théleur's dance notation system, the first in the nineteenth...
Topics: Authors: S: Stewart, Halpin, Hicks and Read ..., Titles: L
Dance Manuals
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This manual is a compilation of previously published materials. The guide begins with a brief description of the necessary arrangements for a ball, appropriate dress for men and women, and ballroom etiquette. The work continues with dances such as the quadrille, waltz, varsoviana, polka, schottisch, "Cellarius Waltz," and dances for larger groups of dancers--"Spanish Dance," "La Tempete," and "Sir Roger de Coverley.
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First published in 1902, the work was suggested by a member of the New York Philo-Celtic Society. The discusion includes music, steps, and instructions for reels, "High Caul Cap, four-hand jig, and Rinnce Fada.
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The format for this manual is typical of nineteenth-century dance treatises. It begins with a short discussion on the utility of dancing followed by a section devoted to etiquette of the ballroom and how to give balls. Descriptions of dances in this manual include quadrilles, waltz, polka, polka redowa, schottisch, polka mazurka, varsovienne, and the waltz in 5/4. The book concludes with eighty-seven cotillon figures and eight pages of ballroom dance music.
Topics: Authors: L: L. De G. Brookes., Titles: B
Dance Manuals
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Although Charles Durang was a well-known Philadelphia dancing teacher and the son of famed American dancer John Durang, very little of this manual originates from the pen of the author. He acknowledges that the dances contained in the book are by the "celebrated teachers of Paris and London." Additionally, the sections on etiquette, deportment, and dress stem from "Mrs. Henderson's treatise." The manual includes descriptions of the popular ballroom dances of the...
Topics: Authors: C: Charles Durang ..., Titles: T
Dance Manuals
by Charles J. Coll and Gabrielle Rosiere.
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This is an expanded version of Coll's book that was originally published c. 1919. Beginning with an account of dance history ranging from the ancient Greeks to late nineteenth-century dance, Coll declares that some of "most up to the minute dances" include the Carter Waltz and the Schottisch Espagnole. The author also discusses foxtrot variations, the Virginia Reel, and provides some cotillon figures (also known as the German). The dances described by Coll were long out of fashion by...
Topics: Authors: C: Charles J. Coll and Gabrielle Rosiere., Titles: D
Dance Manuals
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This is a revised edition of a work based on an investigation done in 1910 regarding the conditions of public dance halls in Chicago. Bowen's complaints included the late hours, too much liquor, and the general behavior of men noting, "... men wear their hats; they all smoke and expectorate freely." She also suggests the waiters and other employees provide information on the location of "disreputable lodging houses," and delivers condemnation against masquerade and fancy...
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